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December 18, 2001
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India must respond irrespective of world reaction: BJP

Asserting that India must take action in response to the December 13 terrorist attack on Parliament House, BJP president Jana Krishnamurty on Tuesday asked the government not to 'bother' about the international reaction to whatever steps it deems fit.

He, however, left it to the government to decide the nature of the action and its timing, saying it was in the best position to gauge the preparedness.

Stating that there were apprehensions among some sections on how the United States, United Kingdom and some other countries will react and whether India will get support, he asked "Why should it bother us?"

Krishnamurty, who was inaugurating the two-day national executive of BJP's youth wing BJP Yuva Morcha in Delhi, said "We have to fight terrorism. If India does not fight, who will? We have been fighting foreigners for centuries. Why should we hesitate now?"

"We have to fight our battle on our own whether any country comes with us or not," he said and added India has to win even if all nations try to 'put us down'.

The BJP chief welcomed Congress' decision to extend support to the government in taking action against the December 13 strike and assured the main opposition and other parties that any 'plan of action' decided by the Vajpayee government would be a 'well-thought out' one.

The government is in consultation with all political parties on the issue of response.

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